Swelling after rhinoplasty is fairly individualized. If you are planning to undergo rhinoplasty, the amount of swelling and how long it will last will depend on factors such as your health, the amount of work that is needed to achieve the desired look, and whether you have had prior nasal surgeries.
Dr. Brad Mozaffari and Dr. Dennis Bucko are the best resources for information about swelling after rhinoplasty. Read on as they explain how often the swelling tends to last and what you can do to properly manage it after your surgery.
Healing after Rhinoplasty
If you are like most patients, the majority of your swelling and bruising should subside within two weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery. At this point, you will likely look and feel well enough to go back to work and resume socializing and most of your other activities. Note that you should continue to avoid vigorous exercise and other strenuous activities, as it can worsen the swelling. Wait until Dr. Mozaffari or Dr. Bucko clear you to resume your normal exercise routine.
You may notice that your nose appears mildly puffy or swollen for three to four months after surgery. However, the improvements made during surgery should be apparent and you should be pleased with your results. It can take a full year for residual swelling to subside and your final results to stabilize.
Tips to Manage Swelling after Rhinoplasty
In the weeks following your rhinoplasty, there are a few things you can do to control swelling:
Behavior modification: Keeping your head elevated at all times, including while you sleep, is very important to manage swelling. Sleep in a reclined position or propped up on a few big pillows. Applying ice packs to the area during your initial recovery is also very helpful.
Adjustment to diet: What you eat can influence how much swelling you have and how long it lasts. Try to limit your intake of salty, processed foods and eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid drinking alcohol or only drink it in moderation.
Consider massage and/or taping the nose: Soft tissue massage and taping the nose may also be of benefit to managing swelling. If Dr. Mozaffari or Dr. Bucko feel these techniques would be helpful in your case, they will demonstrate the proper technique to use.